Recently there was a Women's Conference at my church, we invited an out-of-state minister to speak; he accepted the engagement. We made and paid for his travel arrangements for the conference, It was not until the hour of the engagement that we discovered that he would not be there. The next morning I discovered that he did not attend because he wanted $1,500.00 before stepping into the pulpit. My question is where did this come from that, "Preachers get paid to preach before preaching?"

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Pray for that Brother!!!
I most definitely will because I don't want the spirit of bitterness to get into my heart.
A Preacher's focus must be on the assignment, which God has given them concerning the venue in which they will be ministering. They must enter God's throne room for preparation, instruction and the spiritual fortitude to minister to the needs of the people, under the anointing, by the Spirit of God.

Paul instructed Timothy to handle the collection of the money before he got there, because he didn't want that to be a part of his focus while ministering for the Lord. Many Preachers operate out of greed, but there are many others who don't. They are more sincere in service, yet are taken advantage of when they come before God's people to minister. No, one must not preach for money, but God does use ministry as a vessel to bless Preachers and the vision which he has given them.

There are two ends of the spectrum. One is greed, whereas the congregation is easily milked, because their eyes are oftentimes on the man or woman, more than the mantle. On the other end of the spectrum is stinginess, whereas oftentimes, people's minds are more on the money, than the mantle. The truth of the matter, is that some Christians will tip their hairdresser more than they will sow into the life and ministry of a man or woman of God, who labors in the ministry, yet happens not to be a celebrity preacher. Many preachers have been summoned off of their jobs, by God, to go into full-time ministry.

The bottom line is that we must give out of obedience, to the Spirit of God and not predetermine our seed unless God has given revelation. However, for a preacher to refuse an invitation solely because he is not paid ahead of time, is evident that his focus is out of place, as well as poses question, as to whom he serves. Blessings!
Amen. Thank you for your input. I have seen all kinds of tricks of strong arming people out of their money, I just want to know if this is truly God. I believe in blessing the man and woman of God, however I will not be strong armed into doing so. Last year a minister put me in a place of strong arming and I told myself if I didn't have the money they just wouldn't get it, I will not beg or borrow from anyone to get it either.
I think that Janice is definitely on point. Those of us who carry the burden from the Lord must be solely consumed with being faithful in the delivery of the message. If we're faithful in doing what God has called us to do He will provide for us.... (just look at 1 Kings 17)...
We understand that liberal seed sowing results in bountiful harvests. As messengers of God, we never know what God is going to do when an opportunity is presented to us. We have no idea who we will touch or the lives we may impact. There are times when I've ministered at churches and God has challenged me to give more to the offering then I received for delivering the message! But it was ok... I've always known that God was working...
The question I would ask this brother is whether or not God had instructed him to go. That's the real issue at hand. God always releases blessings after demonstrated obedience. I would hate to miss a blessing from God over $1,500.00.
Thank you, I would like to ask the same question. If the Lord instructed him not to go, do you think that he should have communicated the same?
Absolutely... the Holy Spirit mandates decency and order...
Amen! So be it!
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OH God, what is this nonesence, from hell, are we greater than the master JESUS,and obey his commandment. that minister
is from hell , a child of satan , the message is free, free free, healing, delieverance also is free, I want all the preachers of the globe to understand that, the goespel is free, and those who are preaching the message for money becuase of thier stomach
JESUS will judge them, Finally preach the word ,GOd will bless you will love offering. dont charge , period.
IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WE WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO PREACH ABOUT. WHEN JESUS WAS HERE ON EARTH HE DIDN'T CHARGE IN ANYTHING TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD.WHY DO PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE BIGGER THAN GOD. NONE OF US IS. MAN NOR WOMEN. GOD IS OVER ALL OF US. WHAT ARE WE PIMPING GOD WORD?. WHAT HAVE WE COME TO. WE CAN READ AND EXBOUND THE WORD OF GOD FOR OURSELVES. GOD SAID FOR THOSE WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORD, WE NEED TO ASK FOR WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING. DO I HAVE TO PAY TO GET FREE?. DO I PAY FOR THE HOLY GHOST? DO I PAY FOR SALVATION? DO I PAY FOR THE BLOOD OF JESUS. DID I DEID FOR MY SINS?. A MAN IS WORHTY OF IS HIRE BUT COME ON PEOPLE WAIT US. TO SEE THE TIMES WE ARE LIVING IN. NOBODY IS HIGHER THAN MY GOD LORD SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. NO ONE IS WORTH THE PRICE JESUS PAID TO DIED, RAISE FROM THE DEAD ON THE 3RD DAY. GO TAKE THE KEYS OF DEATH FROM SATAN. GIVE YOU AND ME LIFE THREW GRACE AND MERCY. HOW MUCH DOES THAT COST?. DO I HAVE TO PAY YOU FOR THAT? NO JESUS ALREADY PAID THE PRICE. WE HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO ANSWER TO.. THE MAN OF GOD IS HUMAN. HE IS NOT YOUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE TO LEARN TO GO TO GOD FOR OURSELVES. IF YOU LIVE RIGHT, AND FOLLOW WHAT THE LORD SAY DO WE WILL BE IN BETTER SHAPE AND FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. THE LORD SAID TO PAY 10% OF TITLES AND OFFERING.UNTO THE STORE HOUSE. NOT GIVE TO YOU ARE UNABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND LOVE ONES. WAIT UP HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD FOR YOURSELF.KNOW THE WILL OF GOD FOR YOURSELF FOR THEY WORSHIP THE CREATER. MORE THAN THE CREATOR. MADE HIM AN IDOL. WE HAVE TO WAIT UP. GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

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